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a portable container for holding liquids, characteristically having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
the contents of such a container; as much as such a container contains:
a bottle of wine.
bottled cow’s milk, milk formulas, or substitute mixtures given to infants instead of mother’s milk:
raised on the bottle.
the bottle, intoxicating beverages; liquor:
He became addicted to the bottle.
to put into or seal in a bottle:
to bottle grape juice.
British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.
bottle up,

to repress, control, or restrain:
He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
to enclose or entrap:
Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.

hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.
boltel (def 2).
Contemporary Examples

Mary Higgins Clark Interview About New Book, I’ll Walk Alone Sandra McElwaine April 28, 2011
People for the Ethical Treatment of Vodka Debra A. Klein July 22, 2014
Carly’s Sorority Girl Curse Nicolle Wallace June 9, 2010
The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’ The Telegraph March 21, 2014
Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards Clive Irving August 30, 2014

Historical Examples

Stories of Robin Hood Bertha E. Bush
Jack O’ Judgment Edgar Wallace
Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Snowdrift James B. Hendryx


a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
(as modifier): a bottle rack

Also called bottleful. the amount such a vessel will hold

a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby’s milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
the contents of such a container: the baby drank his bottle

short for magnetic bottle
(Brit, slang) nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one’s bottle)
(Brit, slang) money collected by street entertainers or buskers
(Austral, slang) full bottle, well-informed and enthusiastic about something
(informal) the bottle, drinking of alcohol, esp to excess
verb (transitive)
to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles
to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure
(slang) to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)
(Brit, slang) (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders
(dialect) a bundle, esp of hay

A bottle or bottle’s amount of liquor; jug: He had a bottle on him (late 1600s+)
A glass insulator for electric or communications lines (1900s+ Line repairers)
A vacuum tube (1920s+ Radio operators)

In addition to the idiom beginning with


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